Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes


Change the way you see color forever in this dazzling collection of color palettes spanning art history and pop culture, and told in writer and artist Edith Young's accessible, inviting style.

From the shades of pink in the blush of Madame de Pompadour's cheeks to Helen Frankenthaler's orange color fields to Prince's concert costumes, Color Scheme decodes the often overlooked color concepts that can be found in art history and visual culture. Accompanied by CMYK values that replicate the lifted tones, Edith Young's forty color palettes and accompanying essays reveal the systems of color that underpin everything we see, allowing original and, at times, even humorous themes to emerge.

Color Scheme is the perfect book for anyone interested in learning more about, or rethinking, how we see the world around us.

Designed by Paul Wagner and Paula Baver

Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2021

Hardcover, 144 pages, full color, 7 × 9.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-61-689992-9

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